ACT IV. Scene VI.
Elsinore. Another room in the Castle.
Enter Horatio with an Attendant.
What are they that would speak with me?
Seafaring men, sir. They say they have letters for you.
Let them come in.
I do not know from what part of the world
I should be greeted, if not from Lord Hamlet.
letters for him. Ere we were two days old at sea, a pirate of
very warlike appointment gave us chase. Finding ourselves too
slow of sail, we put on a compelled valour, and in the
grapple I boarded them. On the instant they got clear of our ship; so I
alone became their prisoner. They have dealt with me like
thieves of mercy; but they knew what they did: I am to do a good turn for them. Let the King have the letters I have sent, and repair
thou to me with as much speed as thou wouldst fly death. I have
words to speak in thine ear will make thee dumb; yet are they much
too light for the bore of the matter. These good fellows will
bring thee where I am. Rosencrantz and Guildenstern hold their
course for England. Of them I have much to tell thee. Farewell.
'He that thou knowest thine, HAMLET.'
Come, I will give you way for these your letters,
And do't the speedier that you may direct me
To him from whom you brought them